The Berry College Police Department is charged
with the responsibilities of providing life safety and property protection. To
meet these important responsibilities, the college maintains a force of state
certified police officers whose duties are integrated to provide law
enforcement, crime prevention and parking control/enforcement.
Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. The department strives to contribute to the academic environment
by performing professional law enforcement tasks with a positive,
service-oriented and educational approach. There are 18 staff positions in the
department: twelve police officers, five communication officers and an office
Police officers receive their law enforcement
authority through the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Title 20. All police
officers are certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training
Council after completing the 404 hour basic mandate training course. They are
then required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of annual training to maintain
their peace officer certification. Officers typically average over 40 training
hours annually. They are authorized full
police powers including the power of arrest on all college property.
The department maintains a close working and
personal relationship with local emergency agencies and their members. They
come together through meetings, committees, training, and investigative
follow-ups. Information is freely shared between local agencies.
The department maintains a written agreement
with the Floyd County Police Department and the Rome & Floyd County E-911
Center for access to national and state crime information computers (NCIC &
GCIC). There are no mutual aid agreements between Berry College and local
Patrol: Officers patrol the campus via marked
and unmarked patrol units and on foot to deter acts of crime and to detect and
intervene when criminal activity occurs. They respond and follow-up on all
reported crimes. In addition to patrol duties, officers investigate traffic
accidents, assist in medical emergencies, provide limited motorist assistance,
enforce campus parking and traffic regulations and provide support for many
campus activities and events.